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Mr. John "Eric" Davidson


Mr. John "Eric" Davidson
John “Eric” Davidson – 94, of Halifax, passed into the hands of God on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in Grand View Manor, Berwick. Eric was born in Halifax to Georgina (Williams) and John William Davidson on May 10, 1915. Eric's history is bound up with that of Halifax and the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917 when at 2 ½ years old, he lost his sight as the Mont Blanc exploded. Eric Davidson, a true Haligonian and real Northender, contributed greatly to his community and was an admired and respected citizen of Halifax receiving the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. An inspiration to the visually impaired and sighted people alike, he was the subject of the National Film Board documentary "One of the Boys". Educated at the School for the Blind in Halifax, Eric became a Class I Licensed Auto Mechanic and worked with the City of Halifax until his retirement in 1980. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique touring cars and was a founding member of the Halifax Antique Car Club. When he wasn't tinkering with cars, Eric enjoyed picking blue grass selections on his banjo, bowling and square dancing with Mary. He was a common fixture striding along Halifax streets and riding Halifax Transit but Eric especially enjoyed strolling with his children through Point Pleasant Park where he could hear the wind in the trees and the sounds of nature all around him. A lifetime member of United Memorial Church where he served on the Board of Trustees for many years, Eric rarely missed Sunday worship services. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge (Athole Lodge #15) and a charter member of the Canadian Council of the Blind. In retirement, Eric volunteered his time and talents at Northwood and at Camp Hill. He also became a Ham Radio operator. A truly remarkable man who overcame his loss of vision to lead a full and wonderful life, he provided a warm and loving home for his family and all who visited. Eric's family was his greatest joy in life and he was a most loving husband and doting father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Zinck; daughter, Marilyn Elliott (John), Kentville; sons, John (Debbie), Calgary; Andrew (Lisa), Lower Sackville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, June Clark, Halifax. Eric was predeceased by his beloved sister, Marjorie and brothers, Walter and James. Special thanks to staff at Grand View Manor, who provided great care and comfort to our Dad. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Snow's Funeral Home, Windsor Street, Halifax. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, 2009 at United Memorial Church, Kaye Street, Halifax, Reverend Catherine MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. In lieu of flowers, donations to United Memorial Church, Grand View Manor, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line inquiries may be directed to
Service Date
Monday, September 14, 2009